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15/11/22_Trip report_Dragon’s Peak loop

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Twenty eight people assembled at the trailhead, via the meeting point and various rendezvous en route. After leaving vehicles at the restaurant near the end point, 8 sturdy hikers decided to form a fast group (see separate report at end) while 20 were more sensible, setting off at a slower pace, just before 9am.

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The slower group kept up a good steady pace, with occasional brief stops to drink, take photos or just breathe and we reached the high ridge by about 10.45, stopping for 15 mins there to enjoy the fantastic long-range views N across to Doi Lanka Noi, W to Doi Pui and the city of Chiangmai and S to Doi Khun Tan and even Doi Inthanon (or, for some, just to have a snack/drink and rest).

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The final 40 mins or so of uphill, along the shady ridge top, also gave us glimpses of the Doi Lanka Noi ridge and, near the final peak, of Doi Chiang Dao in the hazy distance.

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Doi Lanka Noi, just across H.1252

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Thanks to Andrew for panoramic photos

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Lunch break at 1506m

After a 30-minute break for lunch, what went up, had to come down..

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One of the less steep downhill bits

Mike’s estimate of the full hike, adjusted by Google Earth, is 9.21 kms, up 791m, down 700, in 4 hrs 54 minutes. Ignoring the two longer breaks, we walked at a very respectable average (for these gradients) of 2.25 kms/hr.

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Thanks to all for a great hike in an area we’ll be back to soon.  And for too many great photos to publish. Thanks to Anders and Richard for additional driving duties, and to all the explorers last Monday.

Dragon Peak map

Peter’s trip report for the fast group
Eight hikers, who wanted to have a bit of a work out, set off ahead of the main group with S-SS (Super-Sonic S)  and R-R (Racing-R) quickly setting a brisk pace and managing to have a conversation for most of the ascent!  On making the top of the ridge there was a brief stop to admire the scenery (and for me to get my breath back!) before hiking along the ridge to the brunch stop (too early to call it lunch).  During this stop we were lucky enough to see an eagle soaring over the valley but, unfortunately, couldn’t get a photo. Replenished, we made the descent down to the main road and to the restaurant in an equally brisk manner where suitable liquid, and solid refreshments, were had by all.  My thanks to the Group for their company today.  Total hike time 3hr 40mins.
GE Data
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